Wind farm out of puff?

By Jeremy Sollars

There is still no progress on a wind farm project approved by the council in late 2016 in the Stanthorpe area.

Brisbane businessman Tim Lucas gained approval for six wind turbines on his ‘Rabbit Ridge’ wind farm site in the Dalveen-Pozieres area but sold or transferred the site and the project to Chinese-owned wind farm developer Goldwind Australia in 2017.

The Free Times has repeatedly sought comment from Goldwind – which has three operating wind farms around the country and three others currently under construction – about its plans for Rabbit Ridge.

A Melbourne-based spokeswoman has said several times the company is “currently exploring opportunities to deliver the Rabbit Ridge project and contribute to achieving the 2020 renewable energy target”.

She again said this week Goldwind’s response “has not changed since your previous enquiry”.

Residents of the area objected to the wind farm plan on the basis of its visual appearance, noise from proposed backup generators and the potential for the turbines to interfere with aerial firefighting.

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